WestRock Reports Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Results; Transformation Progressing Well

David B. Sewell, chief executive officer, WestRock

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ATLANTA - WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, today announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Second Quarter Highlights and other notable items:

  • Net sales of $5.3 billion
  • Net loss of $2.0 billion, included a $1.9 billion pre-tax, non-cash goodwill impairment and $445 million of pre-tax restructuring and other costs; Adjusted Net Income of $198 million
  • Simplifying our portfolio to streamline our business, improve performance and deliver best-in-class returns
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $789 million; Corrugated Packaging and Consumer Packaging segments Adjusted EBITDA increased 24.0% and 6.2% year-over-year, respectively
  • Results negatively impacted by $58 million due to economic downtime, as well as a $40 million increase in non-cash pension costs year-over-year; our U.S. qualified and non-qualified pension plans remain overfunded
  • Loss per diluted share of $7.85 and Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.77

“The WestRock team delivered a solid second quarter, demonstrating the strength of our integrated and diversified packaging business,” said David B. Sewell, chief executive officer. “Our broad portfolio, product innovations and self-help initiatives are enabling us to successfully navigate the current market challenges.

“Closing our North Charleston mill is another step in our ongoing portfolio optimization strategy. We are accelerating our efforts to streamline our operations and drive growth in the most attractive markets. Looking ahead, we remain committed to operating world class assets and investing our capital to drive the greatest returns.”

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Source: WestRock

 

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